Grace & Gratitude

This past Sunday, James J Cudney IV (Jay) reviewed Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie, the second in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency mystery series.

As writers/bloggers, there are times when we wonder whether we should continue writing; it can prove a thankless (sale-less) profession, one gratifying only to ourselves.  So when someone writes a wonderful review of your book, the feeling is amaz-zing.  Yes, indeedy-do, it is all worth it.

I’ve been a follower of Jay’s for over a year now.  He’s a prolific and gifted blogger, author, and reviewer, and . . . I’ll state this again (and again) . . . a kind and encouraging person.

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Please visit his awesome site to see what he’s up to.  You may also be interested in reading his entertaining Braxton Campus mystery series or other fiction works.

https://thisismytruthnow.com/

Thanks again Jay!

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Book Review: Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie by Tyler Colins

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 23, 2019

Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie? by Tyler Colins

Last year, I read the first book, The Connecticut Corpse Caper, in the Triple Threat Mystery series by Tyler Colins. Her second book, Can You Hula Luke Hilo Hattie?, is even better. Colins is one talented author who can weave a complex plot and help readers fully visualize a setting.

In this caper, our three heroines have formed a private eye agency in Hawaii. They’d solved the murders in the first book as regular citizens, so why not make it a full-time job? It was too much work in California or Connecticut to get their licenses, so Hawaii became the new home. Great idea! Fun backdrop. Hilarious characters. First, they need to bring home a runaway, hooked-on-ice teen. Second, they need to prove a man’s wife is cheating. Unfortunately, it isn’t your typical case, and when the wife turns up dead, the mystery is gonna be way more complex than our heroines thought.

Colins has created a bevy of intense and charming characters. I love ‘Cash’ who seems like a very cool dreamboat. Each time I got to know a new character, they end up getting killed off! Maybe it won’t happen this time…. but like in her first book, the body count keeps rising. It’s a fun way to keep readers on our toes. My favorite aspect of the author’s writing style is her descriptions, whether of people or settings. It’s way more than you’d normally see in a book, but it fits very well. I have a beautifully clear picture of who’s talking or moving about the book. I find myself drawn to the action, too, but it’s a very complex plot to keep focused on.

I also see strength in transitions between scenes. It’s rarely over-simplified or brash. It ends in the right place, and I roll into the next scene without worrying what happened in between. I also find the dialog to be rather strong… quick puns, not wordy, direct but full of imagery and thought. I can’t wait to see what third adventure the ladies find themselves embroiled in… no matter what the plot is, I’m sure it will create loads of fun and memories. Great job, Ms. Colins!

 

Thank you !!!

Yesterday was the last day of the Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? book-blog tour (although it was a “didn’t happen”, but that’s fine).  What fun . . . and eye-opening.  I have some “must-dos” for January.  <LOL>

Thank you to all those amazing bloggers and reviewers who had the gals from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency trio (JJ, Rey, and Linda) and me drop by –  and a huge hug of gratitude to Jina S. Bazzar, who organized everything!

Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!

Day 16 (Dec 16): https://swiftcoffee.blog

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was featured on Dora’s comfy-cozy blog, https://swiftcoffee.blog.

This fairly new-to-the-scenes doctor (as in recently graduated) loves books—and often reviews them with a hot drink in hand.  “A coffee always gives an excuse to make myself a little time to write a quick review about the book I’ve recently read.  I like the idea that my readers could have the same experience reading them!”

A self- professed literary omnivore, Dora reads [reviews] all types of books as long as the quality is there; the only ones she doesn’t touch are children’s books and audiobooks.  There’s also a neat rating system; you’ll have to visit her blog, though, to find out more.

(. . . Another wholehearted thank-you to Dora for the wonderful review and upfront feedback.)

Day 15 (Dec 15): www.edenisebillups.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was showcased on E. Denise Billups’ awesome blog, www.edenisebillups.com.

Denise is a dancer, writer, and blogger (among other things), who believes: “Knowledge is a powerful thing, and I’ve always believed sharing might improve someone else’s life”.  I really like that.  We need more sharing in the world—teaching, guiding, supporting one another.

She’s into vegan living (hurrah!) and reviewing books, as well as writing her own.  I had the pleasure of reviewing Kalorama Road not that long ago.  This contemporary, paranormal suspense novel it will keep you riveted.

I urge you to check out her awesome blog at www.edenisebillups.com.

Day 14 (Dec 14): www.misshoneybug.wordpress.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was highlighted on Alicia’s cute blog, www.misshoneybug.wordpress.com.  How can you not smile when you’re told: “So far, my posts are freshly baked with love on the same day they go out”.

She readily admits that, being new to blogging, she finds it bit intimidating.  I get that—I still do.  Alicia also advises that while she reads for entertainment purposes, she also does so to expand her mind.  I like that, just as I like the fact that she’s “open to new ideas and new writers and most definitely not wedded to any particular genre or range of authors”.  You have to admire that candor, just as you do this: “I believe books are like people, you wouldn’t like someone calling you a 1-star person right? unless it is on your forehead and the teacher gave it to you.”   <LOL>

One last thing—because you really should visit her blog—is that Alicia’s into handcrafts and making art, as well.  Drop by soon!

 

Pulled into a Rest Stop

Good morning.

Another “no show” occurred re the Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? e-book blog tour.  That’s okay.  Things happen.

Three more days to go.  It was fun.  The gals from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency were/are thrilled (as I am, which goes without saying).

To those that had us visit, I/we can’t say thanks enough.

Here’s to a splendid weekend, everyone.  God bless.

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Dec 12 (Dec 12): www.booksanddachshunds.wordpress.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was highlighted on Kristina’s lovely blog, www.booksanddachshunds.wordpress.com.

Kristina, who [also] hails from Canada, used to blog solely about “bookish stuff”, but has expanded now that she has beau Alex in her life.  She’s expanded to include blogging and video games, and whatever else tickles her fancy.  Alex, as an FYI, has joined in the fun and posts twice a week.

Our blogger is “owned” by two dachshunds—smooth dapples—Kafei and Sheik.  As an FYI, these cute little poochies are my favorite breed!  (God willing, one day I’ll be able to cease drooling and fawning over those I meet on the street because I’ll have a dachshund of my own.)

I love that she’s so dedicated that she provides days and time for postings.  <LOL>  Please check out her winning blog featuring books, blogging and more!

 

Day 11 (Dec 11): www.sophrilreads.com

Yesterday, Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? (the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency series featuring private eyes JJ, Rey and Linda) was showcased on Mary’s cozy blog, www.sophrilreads.com.

Mary escapes into books (primarily Young Adult and Fantasy) with tea in hand.  A reviewer, she advises that “I am new to this so please be patient”.  Honesty is a refreshing thing.

If you enjoy reading book reviews, do visit her nicely, neatly-arranged blog (I feel a need to do some serious “spring cleaning” with mine when I view hers): they’re well-written, clear-cut, and wonderfully candid.

Thank you Mary!

Something I Said . . . ?

<LOL>  Taking another breath(er).

A Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? feature that was to take place yesterday didn’t happen.

Something I said?  I won’t take it personally.  . . . We-ell, maybe a teeny-weeny bit (given Rey’s not stopped yammering about it for the last [long] while and hasn’t taken a “chill pill” as Linda’s suggested).  <ROFL>

As the saying goes, onwards and upwards . . . or . . . forwards and frontwards . . . or something like that.

From JJ, Rey and Linda [and yours truly, of course]—have an awesome day!

Taking a Breath(er)

Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? was to be featured on a blog yesterday . . . but it appears that this didn’t happen.  Which is fine.  Things (like life) can sometimes get in the way.  <LOL>  It’s all good.

So I’ll just reiterate . . . thank you to everyone who has featured the e-book so far.  I truly appreciate it (and the Triple Threat Investigation Agency gals are absolutely thrilled).

Once more, I’d also like to extend my gratitude to Jina S. Bazzar for organizing this amazing (eye-opening) blog tour.

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